Kilimanjaro Machame Route 2020/2021

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult ...

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route

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My 7 day climb of the Kilimanjaro with Enosa Expeditions was a great experience! I booked my climb ...
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6 Day Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Machame Route)

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6 day trekking tour through Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp and 6 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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7 Days Machame Route

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Our guides (Peter and Daniel) amazing guides and very experienced. They checked our gear before the ...
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Kilimanjaro Climbing + Tarangire & Ngorongoro safari

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From Amos greeting us at the Kilimanjaro airport, to Guides, and all of the porters and our cook hel ...
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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route

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Fast and concise answers anytime we needed some infos. Gody was super great. We recommand Bless Afri ...
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Kilimanjaro - Machame route

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Anapa is a well organised travel agency, they answer quickly and they met perfectly our demands. Mar ...
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Mt. Kilimanjaro - Umbwe route, 8 days

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Kilimanjaro - Machame route, 7 day Private

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I was part of a group of 3 hikers wishing to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route in 7 days
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6-Day Tanzania Explorers Machame climbing

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6 day explorer trip through Machame Hut, Shira Camp, Barafu Camp and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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7 Days Machame Route

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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

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7 day trekking tour through Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp and 5 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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Kilimanjaro Machame route Reviews

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Based on 46 customer reviews
This was an amazing adventure Reviewed Tour: 7 Days Machame Route
5 - Excellent
  • Kilasara Trinitas
  • From Botswana
“Our guides (Peter and Daniel) amazing guides and very experienced. They checked our gear before the hike to ensure we had everything we needed. They monitored our heat rate and oxygen levels each night. They knew when we needed encouragement and went above and beyond to get all eight of us to the summit. The porters that carried our tents, food, etc were friendly and helpful. Braventure Africa is a local outfit who knows their stuff. We could not have done it without them. We highly recommend them if you are planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
Overall great experience Reviewed Tour: 7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route
4 - Very Good
  • Malin
  • From USA
“The staff during the hiking were amazing. They were very helpful and the food was amazing! Overall a great trip and unforgettable memorize. I signed up for a 7 days trek but ended up doing it in 6 days. I felt that one of the tour guides wanted to get home early and pushed us a little faster. We had a few in our group doing 6 days and some 7 days, so we were suppose to split during the trek but all ended up doing 6 days. I ended up pretty sick and threw up the whole way up on the summit day. Wish I would have done it in 7 days, due to my reactions to high altitude. Everyone else in my group was ok, minor sickness. Communication prior to the trek was very limited, had to email several time to get questions answered. Wish there was more information sent prior to leaving on what to expect. Please be aware that there was an expected tip around $250-300+ dollars per person after (for 6 days trek and 6 people in the group). I wish the whole tipping process would have been explained better prior so we could have prepared better and knew what to expect. But as mentioned prior, overall a good experience and I would recommend the company.”
An experience never to forget! Reviewed Tour: 7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route
5 - Excellent
  • Joppe Ter Meer
  • From Netherlands
“My 7 day climb of the Kilimanjaro with Enosa Expeditions was a great experience!

I booked my climb with Enosa via an international intermediary which worked well for a very decent price.

Together with an another European we formed a group of two climbers, supported by a total of 11 support staff: 2 guides, 1 cook, 1 waiter/porter and 7 porters.

All of them worked with their heart. Their loyalty to you is incredible in allowing you to reach the top. Also the porters worked incredibly hard. Guidance was very professional, while the cooking was magical in what we received every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Through all sorts of ways, the guides follow your physical (and mental) condition closely which gives a good feeling. If necessary, they have various measures they can initiate. I received a packing list from Enosa after booking and had a breefing and gear check with the guide one day before the start. What I forgot to bring I could borrow from Enosa.

Perhaps only thing for improvement is regarding tipping. There is much being said online about how much to tip. Numbers can vary greatly online. Much is also dependent on group and staff size. Enosa, but other operators as well, might help in providing clarity on this so you can better prepare this before getting to Tanzania. It is not so easy to lay your hand on large amounts of dollars in the country itself. Enosa allowed for paying tip with Creditcard which helped!

I will definitely advise booking with Enosa anytime! I want to thank the whole team as well as Noel Ernest for making this never to forget!”

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Overview

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult route, it paradoxically has a higher success rate than the Marangu Route.

Beginning at the south-west side of the mountain, the route takes around six day to complete; however, seven days is advised for a day should spent for acclimatization for safety reasons and for a higher probability of a successful summit. Climbers will sleep in designated campsites in tents. Trekkers have two options to reach Uhuru Peak. Majority of the trekkers choose the long Barafu Trail that offer the scenic view of the Rebmann Glacier. The other route is on the Western Breach Route, which is more thrilling and traverses through Lava tower and the Arrow Glacier.

The Machame Route is a very popular trail probably because climbers experience spectacular scenic beauty and diversity. The trail starts off by traversing through the lush, green rainforest to the moorlands and then to dry and dusty Shira Plateau. After climbing up to the Uhuru Peak in the Arctic climate zone, the descent is made on the steep Mweka Route, which allows trekkers to experience the dry mountain desert and the lowland forest. So, take this route if you want a more challenging and scenically varied trail to the mountain and don’t mind crowds.

Machame Route - Trek Facts
Trek Difficulty: Moderate To Difficult
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Max Altitude: 5,895 Meters
Accommodation: Camping
Best Season: All Year

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Itinerary

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Trek starts and we will go to Machame Camp 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 2: To Shira Camp 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 3: To Barranco Camp via Lava Tower 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 4: To Barafu Camp via Karanga Valley 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 5: To Summit and Mweka Camp 11 – 14 hours
  • Day 6: To Moshi 3 – 4 hours

Trekking facts for the Machame route in a nutshell

  • It is the most popular route -- 45% of climbers
  • Heavy Traffic
  • Moderately expensive (comparatively) as it starts at a remote location
  • Camping
  • It is a very scenic route (and also the reason for its popularity)